Mani and Sol, father sun and mother moon from Norse mythology, typify the days of the week traditional relation to astrology.

Mani and Sol, father sun and mother moon from Norse mythology, typify the days of the week’s traditional relation to astrology.

The encyclopedia declares that the day of the week Monday aligns with a celestial body, the moon, from which the proper noun is formed.

Really? Celestial rings with a connotation of enchantment, lending an exotic air to this noun naming the first day of the work week.

But Monday’s astrological sign is Cancer. What a hideous word! Admittedly, the usage context doesn’t refer to the disease. But the vile connotation attached to the word and its association with dread disease certainly fits the use better for naming the dread first day of the work-week.

Thus, a proposal: The first day of the work week should be renamed Cancer. It retains the astrological sign of the moon—-—- but assigns the day with more fitting associations of dread and ill-humor. These are the unsavory associations that the calendar evokes on Sunday evenings as workers contemplate the mournful morrow: so let our nomenclature be so flavored!

Revised expressions like “Cancer Night Football” or “rainy days and Cancer always get me down” may have to grow on us, but over time they will.

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